Program Changes to Residential Permit Parking FY2022

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Note: Following a multi-year review process, the County Board adopted changes to the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program, starting with the annual renewal period that began in April 2021, with permits and passes taking effect July 1.

Below are the changes now in effect:

The Number of Permits that Residents Can Purchase is Changing for Most Households
  • If you have off-street parking in a driveway, garage, or carport at your home, or if you live in a building or complex with a parking lot or garage, you will be able to obtain one (1) FlexPass and one (1) vehicle-specific permit OR two (2) vehicle-specific permits; this applies to most homes in the RPP program.
  • If you do not have a driveway, garage, or carport at your home, or if you live in a building or complex with no parking lot or garage, you will be able to obtain one (1) FlexPass and three (3) vehicle-specific permits OR four (4) vehicle-specific permits.
  • Starting in April, an online search tool will be available to view how many permits your household will be able to receive under the new program.
  • Residents of accessory dwelling units and households that were not able to get as many permits as others (these are not common) will now be able to get the same number of permits as everyone else.
  • All households will still be able to obtain up to five (5) books of 20 short-term visitor passes each year, good for a total of 300 days of parking.
  • Landlords will still be able to obtain one (1) Landlord Pass each year.
Everyone Can Choose to Get a FlexPass or a Vehicle-Specific Permit, Instead

A household may choose to buy one FlexPass instead of the first vehicle-specific permit at the same price.

Permit and Pass Fees are Increasing, but Some Households will Qualify for Discounts
Permits and Passes Fees
FlexPass and First Vehicle-specific Permit The FlexPass and first vehicle-specific permit (each household may obtain one or the other but not both) will cost $40.
Second Vehicle-specific Permit The second vehicle-specific permit will cost $55.
Third and Fourth Vehicle-specific Permits For households without a driveway, garage, or parking lot, the third permit will cost $65, and the fourth permit will cost $150.
Short-term Visitor Passes The first book of short-term visitor passes will cost $5, and each of the subsequent four (4) books will cost $10.
Landlord Pass The Landlord Pass will cost $40.

 

Discounts

  • You may be eligible for a 50% discount on FlexPasses, Landlord Passes, vehicle-specific permits, and short-term visitor pass books, if you qualify for one of the following programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Women Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Veterans Administration Veterans Pension Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are prices going up?

Prices are going up so that fees cover the cost of the program and taxpayers who do not have RPP restrictions will no longer subsidize the program. Currently, permit and pass fees cover only 60% of the program's total cost.

Why is the County changing number of permits that households can get?

Lowering the maximum number of permits for households with parking in driveways, garages, and parking lots encourages residents to use the parking that they have off-street and leave street parking for their neighbors and visitors.

The County is also expanding the number of households eligible to join the program and lowering the maximum number will manage demand from these households, should they join the program.

What can I do if I think the County's data about whether my home has parking is incorrect?

Starting in April 2021, you will be able to request a review of the County’s data on the parking at your home using a form accessible from https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Programs/Transportation/Parking/Residential-Permit-Parking. You will need to provide your contact information, address, and an explanation of why you think the County's data is incorrect.

The maximum number of permits that a household may obtain will not be changed because of the dimensions of the parking, the number of vehicles that a household owns, or because the parking has been converted to storage space or another use. Residents who share a common parking garage or parking lot will not be able to obtain more permits simply because management limits the number of spaces available per household or because of the cost of those parking spaces.

What are my options if I can't get as many permits as I have in the past?

  • Use short-term visitor passes for occasional parking on street; the five visitor booklets have twenty passes each, and are good for a total of 300 days of parking each year.
  • Park on your driveway, in your garage, or in your parking lot during hours of restriction.
  • If you live near commercial parking garages, inquire there about parking vehicles that you don’t use as often.

How can I apply for RPP permits and passes?

Visit https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Programs/Transportation/Parking/Residential-Permit-Parking for more information on how to apply for RPP permits and passes.

If I'm eligible for the 50% discount on FlexPasses, Landlord Passes, vehicle-specific permits, and short-term visitor passes, how do I apply for permits and passes?

If you believe that you qualify and have supporting documents, you may either apply online at http://rppp.arlingtonqa.us or in-person at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 215 between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience but , we are unable to process discounted purchases by mail or over the phone.

We will accept copies of these documents as proof that you are eligible to receive a discount:

  • EBT Card
  • Discounted utility bill dated in last 30 days
  • SSI Statement of Benefits
  • SSDI Statement of Benefits
  • Medicaid Card
  • Veterans Administration payment history showing Veterans Pension payments

Where can I read more about the review that led to these changes?

Information about the review is available at: https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Projects/RPPReview. You can also watch the February 2021 Board Wrap-Up at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRdIWo8OXOQ, in which County Board members discuss the changes they adopted at that month’s Board Meeting.

I didn't know that the program might change. How did you engage with the public?

Since the review began in 2017, County staff have communicated with thousands of residents through an e-mail listserv and at in-person events, issued press releases, published updates on the study in County newsletters, and sent a postcard inviting every household in the RPP program to participate in a survey about the program. All presidents of the County's Civic Associations have also received the same e-mail updates that went to the project listserv. Local news web sites ArlNow and InsideNova have published multiple articles about the review as well.